Dance Course Descriptions

Dance

Dance 1A


Students will develop their individual knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes in relation to the world of dance, their own unique identity, and the world around them through the perspective of dance. Focus will be given to learning various dance techniques, basic dance history, and expressing one’s self through movement. Students will discover their own movement potential and expand respect of self and others through the practice of studio etiquette, various class structures, and audience participation.  By exploring the field of dance natural connections to personal interests and related fields of study will develop.

Dance 1B

Grades 9-12, Semester-long
 
This course is a continuation of Dance 1A and will continue to develop the individual knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes in relation to the world of dance, their own unique identity, and the world around them through the perspective of dance. Critical evaluation of choreographic works will be a key element of the course. Students will be required to embody movement elements by demonstrating basic terms and techniques from various dance genre and styles. The course will also investigate dance figures and their contributions to the field. Student will cultivate an understanding of others and cultures by experiencing their dance and discover that dance is a universal language. Eight to ten of the following genres of dance will be explored in Dance 1A & 1B each year: ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, break dancing, contemporary, Pilates, Hawaiian, Maori, Polynesian, Irish, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, Indian, West African, European Folk, Hmong, and other traditional genres.

Dance 2-P

College Prep, Grades 9-12, Year-long

Prerequisites: Student must have some previous dance experience; preferably at least one-two years of technical dance training in any style, Dance 1A and 1B are a prerequisite and teacher recommendation is needed by audition. Dancers will be required to provide their own dance shoes.
 
This course will be a technique based class that will challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genres with major focus on styles studied at the university level including ballet, jazz, tap, and modern.  Dancers will also be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles and introduced to local artist who study and teach these dance techniques on a regular basis including hip-hop, contemporary, break dancing, ethnic dance style (African, Irish, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, etc…), traditional folk dances, and social dance (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, etc…).  Both male and female techniques will be supported and close attention will be paid to current trends in the world of dance. Dancers will learn the traditional class etiquette for each genre, the appropriate attire for class and performance practices. Research will be conducted on current dance figures and the origins of each dance technique. Dancers will also learn how to become healthy life-long dancers with an introduction to the basic somatic practices that support performing artists. This year-long course satisfies the UC and CSU admission requirement for Fine Art, Area “F”
 

Dance 3-P

College Prep, Grades 10-12, Year-long
 
Prerequisites: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least three-four years of technical dance training in a couple of dance styles, Dance 2 with teacher recommendation, and an audition will be required. Open to freshmen with advanced dance skills by audition. Dance 3 members must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance Conditioning, Dance 2, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles. Dance Conditioning is highly recommended. Dancers will be required to provide their own dance shoes & to commit to the performance calendar for the year.
 
Dance 3 will be mostly a technique based dance class and will begin to introduce performance skills challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genre. The class will focus on the three main genres of dance each year from the following: ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop. The study of these genres will lead to a focus on musical theater and contemporary performance based dancing. The Dance 3 curriculum is designed to help dancers create a fun atmosphere to explore the foundations of performance dance through movement, discussion, and exploration in a variety of contemporary idioms. Students will learn the basic vocabulary and movement fundamentals in each genre. The dance genre studied will alternate each year and this class may be taken multiple times. The dancers who complete the audition will be members of Performance Class whom will perform at school events. Dancers will also be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles and introduced to local artist who study and teach these dance techniques on a regular basis including jazz, ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, break dancing, ethnic dance style (African, Irish, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, etc…), traditional folk dances, and social dance (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, etc…).  Both male and female techniques will be supported. Dancers will use the traditional class etiquette for each genre, wear the appropriate attire for class, and utilize standard rehearsal and performance practices. Research will be conducted on historical dance figures and the origins of dance technique. Dancers will also learn how to become healthy life-long dancers with an introduction to the basic somatic practices that support performing artists. Students who complete this year-long course satisfy the UC and CSU admission requirement for Fine Art, Area “F”           
 

Dance 4

Grades 10-12, Year-long
 
Prerequisites: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least three-four years of technical dance training in a couple of dance styles, Dance 2 and/or Dance 3 with teacher recommendation, and an audition will be required. Open to freshmen with advanced dance skills by audition. Dance 4 members must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance Conditioning, Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles. Dance Conditioning is highly recommended. Dancers will be required to provide their own dance shoes & to commit to the performance calendar for the year.
 
This course will be a technique and performance based class that will challenge students to become well-rounded dancers in numerous dance genre with major focus on styles performed in the industry. The dancers who complete the audition will be members of the Inspire Dance Company whom will represent the school at local events and productions. Dancers will also be exposed to a wide variety of additional styles and introduced to local artist who study and teach these dance techniques on a regular basis including jazz, ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, break dancing, ethnic dance style (African, Irish, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern Belly Dancing, etc…), traditional folk dances, and social dance (Ballroom, Latin, Swing, etc…). Dancers will be cast in the Company dance and generally work on additional small group dances during the year. Both male and female techniques will be supported and close attention will be paid to current trends in the world of dance. Dancers will use the traditional class etiquette for each genre, wear the appropriate attire for class, and utilize standard rehearsal and performance practices. Research will be conducted on current dance figures and the origins of dance technique. Dancers will also learn how to become healthy life-long dancers with an introduction to the basic somatic practices that support performing artists.

Choreography

Grades 10-12, Year-long
 
Prerequisites: Student must have previous dance experience; preferably at least two or more years of technical dance training in any genre. Dance 1A & 1B or equivalent is required. Freshmen must seek instructor permission. Choreography students must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance 4, Dance Conditioning, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles.
 
Imagine, create, and share your vision of dance with the world. A theoretic and applied study of the basic elements of choreography will be introduced and explored through the creation of original works. Choreography will be approached through the exploration of resources including improvisation, use of ideas, knowledge of forms, and development of the craft. Students will be exposed to various choreographic processes, terminology, and potential performance venues. Students will receive weekly assignments directed toward specific problems and dance elements; then begin to develop works with an emphasis on the relationship between manipulation of musical phrases and choreography. Students will learn to move from phrase development to the completion of a dance. They will learn to critique dances through the workshop process by observing, reflecting, discussing, evaluating, and making recommendations for revision. The culminating class project will be to collectively produce a dance production and incorporate such elements as costumes, lighting, original music, props, sets, and professional staging. Students will also learn to imaginatively use technology to support their dances and personal choreographic process. Students can expect to create three to four dances over the year with at least one being staged for audience.

Choreography 2

Grades 11-12, Year-long

Prerequisites: Student must have taken two years of Choreography. Must be concurrently enrolled in one of the following dance technique classes: Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance 4, Dance Conditioning, Dance Teaching Practicum (Dance TA for any other dance class), or Dance Styles.
 
Choreography 2 is an advanced level course for the serious dance creator. Students will work concurrently with the Choreography class, but will be given additional challenges and genres of choreography to explore. The students at this level will focus on the composition of artistic dance works and be given additional opportunities in the school and community to create their art. Choreography 2 students will critique dances through the workshop process by observing, reflecting, discussing, evaluating, and making recommendations for revision. The culminating class project will be to collectively produce a dance production and incorporate such elements as costumes, lighting, original music, props, sets, and professional staging. Students will also learn to imaginatively use technology to support their dances and personal choreographic process. Students can expect to create four to five dances over the year with at least two being staged for audiences. Students may also propose special projects for the year that they would like to work on and create.

Dance Conditioning

Grades 10-12, Year-long
 
Prerequisite: Dance 1A & 1B or equivalent or teacher recommendation. Dance 2 is highly recommended. Freshmen must seek program director permission prior to enrolling.
 
Dance Conditioning will be a strictly elective dance class that focuses only on traditional dance techniques; primarily the study of classical ballet. The class will devote specific time developing flexibility through various stretching techniques and strengthening of the dance body through proven somatic practices. This class in encouraged for all students serious about studying dance. The ballet curriculum is designed to help dancers create a strong pedagogical foundation through movement, discussion, and exploration. Focusing on the process of creativity, discipline and self-knowledge instead of choosing a performance driven approach is fostered by critical and process-oriented thinking. Students will learn fundamental alignment, technique, and terminology.

Dance Teaching Practicum

Grades 10-12, Year-long

Prerequisite: may only be taken with teacher permission. Must be concurrently enrolled in Dance 2, Dance 3, Dance 4, Dance Conditioning, Dance Styles, or Choreography; usually Dance 3 or 4.
 
Depending on the student’s ability, they will learn to teach a dance class; first, by doing basic tasks such as warm-ups or leading across the floor exercises, then moving into choreographing and teaching portions of a technique class. This is an excellent opportunity for dance students to develop their leadership skills and learn to use their teaching voice. Students should make their interest known in the spring semester prior to placement and then a specific class will be assigned based on their class schedule for the year.
Copyright © 2014 Inspire School of Arts & Sciences and its licensors. All rights reserved.
Non-Discrimination Policy.
Website Developed By CatapultK12™